Festival Iminente has been all over the world, but there's always a special place in the city of its birth - Lisbon. The festival, built around the idea of bringing music and art together, has organically developed into a true celebration of creative expression in all of its forms.
Extending over an energetic four day period at the tail-end of September, the festival is still in its infancy, yet has become a mainstay of the Lisbon (and Lusofone) creative and cultural scene already. Curated by street artist Vhils and featuring not only artists and musicians from various genres representing the culture heritage and future of luso culture, the 2019 edition expanded into talks, interventions and a wider berth of performance art.
Initially the social element to the festival was both the gathering of festival goers, revellers looking for something beyond the ordinary experience. Now, the creators, through both the artists and musicians and the inclusion of talks, are directly engaging with the pressing issues affecting both Lisbon and the history of Luso culture and countries.
Some of the talks included Right To Housing: Can The People Still Live in the Cities? and Historical Reparation: Is It Possible To Pay Off The Debts of Colonialism? These are burning questions in both social and artistic circles, but opting to tackle and discuss them in such a head-on manner has broadened the festival into a holistic event - a place not just to celebrate, but to learn and grow.
For the second year, the festival found its home in the mysterious and iconic setting of Panorâmico de Monsanto in Lisbon. The once restaurant, with sweeping views of the city's skyline, became abandoned and disused over time, yet retained a whispered intrigue, where tourists and locals alike would make the pilgrimage to climb its spiral staircase for the reward of a view. Now though, through great effort and imagination of the organisers, it is one of the most unique venues in the world.
With 100 artists covering 11 nationalities on 5 stages across a 4 day extravaganza witnessed by 20,000 people. Although it's passed for another year, thanks to the trigger happy photographers Natasha Cabral, Ivo Lázaro, Vera Marmelo and Midnight Madness Crew have captured the festival and kept the memories alive. Here's some of the very best of it.
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